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Fresh Thoughts is the monthly on-line newsletter of Second Harvest

Julie's Notes

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During National Older Americans Month, we focus on sharing the stories of those who go unnoticed, seniors struggle with hunger and may lack adequate nutrition. Just as it is necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it is also imperative for their grandparents to eat enough healthy foods to remain strong and healthy. Each month we pack and distribute 1,400 food-filled box through Senior Food Box Program in our region. With the help of a generous local donor we are able to provide seniors with healthy produce like zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes along with the box.

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Child Hunger Summit

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For nearly a year, we, at Second Harvest have turned our focus to the pressing issue of child hunger. Out of the 9.5 million pounds of food that we distributed last year, nearly 38% of that food went to feed children. Many of our partners and friends have put on the Hunger Hero cape to help with this goal. We entered into a pilot program with three school systems to put on five Mobile School Pantries each month. So far, we have been able to serve 17,843 families since September. Approximately 40,864 children received food through this program.

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OLDER AMERICANS MONTH 2019: CONNECT, CREATE, CONTRIBUTE

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Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around our community. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

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Our Volunteers Make a Difference

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Second Harvest honored the volunteers from this past year at the annual appreciation event held at the Vermilion Boat Club on May 2, 2019. Many Volunteers were on hand to enjoy a special evening of food, fun and appreciation.

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Making a Difference

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April is special at Second Harvest, not just because the temperatures are warmer, but it’s a month to honor our volunteers – those special people who work tirelessly side by side with us to bring food to families in need. April is National Volunteer Month and we’re proud and happy to recognize our volunteers for their accomplishments. Whether it’s tackling the endless list of projects and tasks or just their positivity – we couldn’t do it without them. Last year, 2,216 volunteers sorted 1.6 Million pounds of food and grocery products. Our volunteers do the work of eight full-time employees!
To all those who volunteer at Second Harvest – thank you!

The spirit of volunteerism is an essential ingredient at Second Harvest and our hope is to allow more members of our community to be part of our work. If you are inspired to help in your community reach out to us to find out more about how you can volunteer! There are so many opportunities –sorting food donations, welcoming visitors at our front desk, bring food to families at one of our school food pantries or packing up boxes for low-income seniors – and so many ways to give. We hope you will consider joining our volunteer ranks.

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